Faiths Uniting in Support of Families at the United Nations

Faiths Uniting in Support of Families at the United Nations

The United Nations has set 8 Millennium Development Goals to help the world’s poorest countries improve their situations by 2015. They include eradicating diseases, promoting gender equality and empowering women, improving maternal care and reducing child mortality rates. But conspicuously absent from these goals is the strengthening of families. The leaders of nations, it would appear, don’t seem to notice. But the religions of the world are not only taking notice, they are uniting to do something about it. Nicholeen Peck, a mother and blogger who was invited to present a symposium at this year’s U.N. Conference, wrote: It is no secret that boundaries are being crossed and topics are being legislated at the United Nations that are not the proper role of...

Why Mormon Women are Choosing a Mission over College

Why Mormon Women are Choosing a Mission over College

As another school year is winding to a close (I know it’s more than a month away, but according to my kids, the school year is almost over because they are done learning new things), high school seniors are planning their next move. For many young men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon” Church), this means deciding between going on a proselytizing mission for the Church first or taking a semester of college classes before their missionary sabbatical. Since The Church of Jesus Christ lowered the age requirement for missionary service for young men and young women (from 19 to 18 for males and from 21 to 19 for females), thousands more young adults are opting for missionary service. This is...

Mormon Reflections on the Word: Agency

This article was written by Katherine T., a student at Brigham Young University. Alma 42:27 “Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely; and whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come; but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds.”   In our church we believe in free agency. We have the power to choose the course of action we take, and as a collective group we pattern our life after the Savior Jesus Christ. As a young adult (or emerging adult as my elders continue to remind me) I thought it was fitting to focus on a scriptures about free agency, because let’s face it I love being able to decide what to do. I love being in college and the freedom I have to decide...

Does a Sunny Outlook Preclude Literary Greatness?

Does a Sunny Outlook Preclude Literary Greatness?

The true measure of literary greatness depends on, well, how you measure it. Is great literature defined by critics, readers or awards? Longevity through generations? Literature that inspires change—political, cultural or religious? What yardstick is used, so to speak, in making a judgment? A recent New York Times column stated that in 1888, Orson Whitney—a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—spoke of the possibility of Mormon literature, saying, “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” The column stated that, 125 years later, this has not happened. [1] The columnist is both right and wrong. By the world’s standards, Latter-day Saints might not have their own...

5 Ways Mormons Celebrate Halloween

5 Ways Mormons Celebrate Halloween

1. Trunk or Treat It sounds like Halloween, has all the candy of Halloween, just minus threatening strangers with vandalism. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called Mormons) love Trunk or Treat because they love celebrating in a way that is very safe for their children.  Families decorate their cars and stock up on treats, then park in the church parking lot.  Kids go from car to car trick-or-treating.  This is especially great in neighborhoods or areas where it is inconvenient or dangerous for kids to go door to door. 2.  Dress up in ridiculous costumes Dressing in absurd costumes may be the most effective booze-less approach to raucous good times. Mormons promise to lead clean healthy lives that don’t...

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